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Living in an Epic

I love epics! When I read, watch or listen to a story that shows gives me a glimpse or sniff of the epic, there is something inside me that reaches deep, finds courage, or gathers strength to face whatever I am facing in my life. Or reminds me that my life...

Lovely Lard

Eating animal fat is important to our body's health. But eating enough fat can be challenging, especially when there is a dairy allergy. Lard is a great alternative to butter, and its taste is more mild than that of tallow. You can buy lard at the store, but it is...

Can Damaged Eyes be Repaired?

Eye damage can come from looking directly at a solar eclipse, eating a nutritionally deficient diet, staring at a computer screen for hours, or any number of other things. Damaged eyes aren't simply corrected by wearing glasses. In addition to near- or...

The Influence of Diet on Concussions

Concussions From 2001 to 2012 the rate of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children aged 0-19 years (as diagnosed in the emergency room) more than doubled. Males are statically more likely (almost twice) to get concussions as females, and concussions or...

Zucchini Bread {GAPS legal}

Zucchini... if there is one harvest that defines summer, it's zucchini. Zucchini is great because of its versatility: it can be used hot or cold, baked or fried, and in soups, salads, breads, or even as a noodle substitute. Today I want to share with you a recipe for...

Garden-fresh Vegetables Without the Garden

Summer is the time that vegetables shine! Many people are pulling beautiful zucchini, tomatoes, beans, peppers and greens out of their gardens. Fresh vegetables are in season, and you may find yourself desiring them more than usual. Go with it! Until the recent days...

The Lost Art of Reheating Food without a Microwave

Microwaves, advertised to be "the greatest cooking discovery since fire," can be found in almost every American home.   And I recommend that you never use one! There are many reasons why microwaves should be avoided (read:  remove them from your house), including...

Thankful for Our Freedom

I am a patriot through and through. My favorite place in this entire country is Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. It is a historic town, an exact replica of what it looked like in the 18th century. There you get to walk among the buildings and people that took a...

The Root Cause of Asthma {Video}

Asthma It is currently one of the most common diseases in the civilized world. But did you know that despite all of our medical advances, the occurrence, as well as complications and deaths related to asthma have skyrocketed? Asthma is more common than it used to be,...

Making New Ruts

We often get stuck in ruts. It's easiest to keep doing the same thing—once a pattern (good or bad) is established, we tend to keep doing things the same way. One of my deepest ruts is how fast I live my life. How much I try to squeeze into each day to live up to my...

Food Allergy? Or Something Else?

Food allergies are a popular topic right now, and it seems like more and more people are reacting to foods. If you don't react to a certain food, then you probably know someone who does. First, let’s clarify what I mean by a “food allergy.” The technical definition of...

Raising a Natural Puppy: Diet

I'm getting a puppy! Tomorrow! I'm so excited! My parents' dogs had puppies 8 weeks ago, and I am bringing this one home! This is the first dog I will raise on my own, and I am taking my parental responsibilities very seriously. In addition to the normal attention to...

Real Food: More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Every time I learn more about the complex interactions between the human body and different nutrients, bacteria, and dozens of other factors, I am blown away! Not sure what I mean? As an example, this was mentioned in my latest post. A seed has enough intelligence to...

Why Soak Grains? {Video}

Ever wondered about recommendations like "soaking," "sprouting," "fermenting," or "properly preparing" your nuts or grains? Ever wondered what that meant, or why it's better? I did! In fact, when I first heard about "sprouted bread," I thought it was made-up. But...

Spring! And Natural Allergy Management

Spring has come to my neighborhood! Over the last week, things have been budding and growing. Green has been showing, and flowers blooming. The sounds of spring have been happening for awhile, but are now in full force—birds chirping, squirrels chattering, and...

Cholesterol Explained {Video}

One of the most frequent things I talk with people about it about cholesterol. It's usually in response to something like: "But I have a family history of high cholesterol." "Eating that much butter sounds great, but I can't, because I already have high cholesterol."...

Sharing My Story… For Hope

"Rear-View Mirror, a GAPS Journey"   I was asked to write a guest blog post sharing my story of healing. It published today, and I wanted to share it with you all here.   I had two main purposes for writing this story. The first was to provide an honest view...

Raw Milk Chocolate Pudding

Some days don't you just miss pudding cups? I know I do. Now you can make your own! The most frequent comment about this pudding (besides "yum", "delicious", and "mmm...") is that it tastes just like a chocolate pudding cup! This simple recipe is a wonderful treat for...

Take Courage

I had an interesting week last week. For the first time in a while, my body stopped me in my tracks. I'm not saying that I've had symptom-free days every day for the last few months. I have had the occasional headache, been sick with colds, and felt the effect of too...

Why Betty Got Some Better Butter

Do you remember the old nursery rhyme/tongue twister about Betty Botter buying butter? Betty Botter bought a bit of butter;“ But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter! If I put it in my batter It will make my batter bitter But a bit of better butter Will make my batter...

Working with Your Innate Intelligence

In the last post we talked about habits and some different reasons why we may not be consistent with them. One of the reasons we discussed was that maybe the habit you have decided to establish is not the most helpful thing for you to put your energy toward. Your body...

Laziness? Or a Change in Priority?

A few weeks ago we talked about consistency being the secret sauce. And that is very true, it is. But I have found that it is incredibly difficult to be consistent in things that I don’t really believe are important. And I think this goes beyond a mental game. To be...

Decadent Hot Chocolate

Winter is here in full force... the weather is cold, snow storms are common, and the evenings are dark and long. It's a great time to stay in, cuddle up in a blanket, and drink hot chocolate. "Hot chocolate?" you ask. "I'm on (GAPS, WAPF, SCD, Paleo) and not eating...

Consistency… It’s the Secret Sauce

Here we are, at the beginning of a brand new year, making resolutions and stuff... And I think we should ask ourselves the question: Should we? As we all know, most resolutions don't stick around past the first few weeks of January. Why? Because we didn't remember to...

A New GAPS Book Almost Published

It has been somewhat of a secret project, not because it needed to be, but because I had no idea if or when this would actually happen, but now it has! There will soon be some new resources to those on the GAPS diet... I am excited to announce... I am about to become...

Making the Vegetable Medley

One of the most important ferments in the GAPS™ diet is the vegetable medley. You can find this recipe in Dr. Natasha Cambell-McBride's book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Her recipe is for a bowl ferment, but you can also make it in a jar, which is how I prefer to...

Action Against Fear

Last week I shared some of my thoughts about an inspiring quote. You can read it here. Today, let’s talk about some practicals. How does fear really affect us? Can we really overcome it? What does it have to do with health, or GAPS, or healing? The principle of...

Vintage Food Hack: Fermenting (Part 2)

Recently we talked about why I love fermenting so much. If you missed the post, you can read it here. Today, let’s talk about what in the world lacto-fermentation is, and how you can start doing it yourself! First, what lacto-fermentation is NOT: It is NOT making an...

GAPS Milkshake

Our recipe this week is a simple, but powerful one! It is called the GAPS™ milkshake, and it packs a powerful punch! This delicious, satisfying and helpful beverage is a wonderful way to daily consume your freshly-pressed juices, and can even be a meal. The GAPS™...

Action conquers fear

"Action conquers fear." -Peter Nivio Zarlenga I read this inspirational quote for the first time a while back, and it stuck with me--it was what I needed just then. Fear Maybe you don’t think you are fearful person. Or you're afraid that you are. Fear manifests in...

Beet Kvass

Beet Kvass is a liver tonic. Anyone can make this simple fermented drink! It requires only a few ingredients, and only a few minutes to "put up." Want to learn how? Good! But first, some definitions: Kvass: beverage "Put up" a ferment: combine ingredients and set it...